HTC Incredible vs Nexus One: multi-touch

Android and Me reported earlier this year of the major touch screen problems that affected the Nexus One. Google’s flagship phone seemed to have severe hardware issues which prevented it from accurately sensing multiple touches across the same axis. The following video demonstrates the problem:

As the Motorola Droid didn’t exhibit the same problems, Google Engineer Dianne Hackborn went on the record to state that the problem originates from the different touch sensors that manufacturers use in their phones:

“Sorry I meant exactly what I said: this is how the touch screen hardware on the Nexus One works (which is essentially the same screen as on the G1 and myTouch). The Droid has a sensor from a different manufacturer, with different behavior. Other phones will likewise have different sensors.”

Android and Me has now revealed that the Nexus One uses a Synaptics ClearPad 2000 sensor. The sensor was actually never developed to be used for multi-touch use and works as advertised when it was made available in 2007.

In contrast, the new HTC Incredible uses a brand new Atmel maxTouch sensor which was not only designed for multi-touch use, but offers superior performance, accuracy, and power consumption. Atmel states that their touchscreen offers the following over the competition: 

  • Unlimited touches
  • Low power consumption
  • Fast response — completely redraws screen every 4/1000 of a second (4ms) to eliminate recalibration issues
  • Excellent signal-to-noise ratio for superior precision — 3x better than competitive products
  • Superior performance for first-touch response — 3x better than competitive products
  • Unambiguous, unlimited touch support
  • Responsive user interface: > 250 Hz report rate for a single touch
  • Extremely low current consumption: < 1.8 mW in "touch-ready" state
  • Two touch adjacency of less than 10 mm on a 4.3" touchscreen
  • Small footprint with few external components
  • Supports stylus, fingernails, and gloves
  • Grip and face suppression functionality: avoids false touches
  • Size and angle of touch supported
  • Screen sizes up to 10.2" are supported by a single chip
  • Proximity channel support

Android Central has made a video to show how the new Incredible and its touch sensor fares against the Nexus One. The results speak for themselves: 

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18 Comments

Sebianoti said,
What about HTC Desire? any multi-touch problems with that?

Similar hardware internals as the Nexus One, so I would assume so.

Edited by giga, Apr 20 2010, 1:09pm :

giga said,

Similar hardware internals as the Nexus One, so I would assume so.

From googling up reviews on the internet I've not seen anything to suggest it has the same problem, the slashgear review certainly suggest the touchscreen is much improved

Teebor said,

From googling up reviews on the internet I've not seen anything to suggest it has the same problem, the slashgear review certainly suggest the touchscreen is much improved

I've just checked this on my Desire, and it DOES have this problem.

Which has annoyed the hell out of me, as I'm outside of my 7 days cooling down period... Balls.

FloatingFatMan said,

I've just checked this on my Desire, and it DOES have this problem.

Which has annoyed the hell out of me, as I'm outside of my 7 days cooling down period... Balls.


That sucks thanks for the heads up though, the reviews are hiding things or not checking properly then.... will have to think very carefully if I want this phone now then.

What is you honest opinion of it?

Redestium said,
If the iPhone doesn't come to Verizon this year, the Incredible will be my next choice--really looks fantastic.

iPhone is **** all it has is apps... only that

Sebianoti said,

iPhone is **** all it has is apps... only that
Apps are what make smartphones smart. If you don't like smartphones, stick to dumb phones.

Jebadiah said,
Apps are what make smartphones smart. If you don't like smartphones, stick to dumb phones.

Sebianoti said,

iPhone is **** all it has is apps... only that

Both of you are right, but still I prefer something that I can have total control, like for example a PC or Laptop, and not one thing that is controlled by someone else.
This is what many people don't get. But if they are happy to be a little sheep, good for them.

onesolo said,

Both of you are right, but still I prefer something that I can have total control, like for example a PC or Laptop, and not one thing that is controlled by someone else.
This is what many people don't get. But if they are happy to be a little sheep, good for them.

Well that's the advantage of Android, you have way more control over your phone/system than you would with an iPhone (even after its been jailbroken)

216 said,

Well that's the advantage of Android, you have way more control over your phone/system than you would with an iPhone (even after its been jailbroken)


Couldn't agree more!

onesolo said,

Both of you are right, but still I prefer something that I can have total control, like for example a PC or Laptop, and not one thing that is controlled by someone else.
This is what many people don't get. But if they are happy to be a little sheep, good for them.

Oh please. "Little sheep" because they can't download adult content off the iPhone App Store? Get real and stop being so dramatic. There are a lot of powerful apps in the Apple App Store. Plenty of choice.

Attacking Apple and Apple users is oh so cool these days. Even on articles that have nothing to do with Apple. Get a life.

Edited by Shadrack, Apr 20 2010, 2:11pm :

Shadrack said,

Oh please. "Little sheep" because they can't download adult content off the iPhone App Store? Get real and stop being so dramatic. There are a lot of powerful apps in the Apple App Store. Plenty of choice.

Attacking Apple and Apple users is oh so cool these days. Even on articles that have nothing to do with Apple. Get a life.

The day iPhone gets really powerful apps like Locale which changes settings of my phoen based on conditions or apps like Phonecard express which uses a phone card to automatically dial international numbers based on the number itself, it could probably compete with Android. I could go on and on about Android apps which are really useful and can never be implemented on an iphone. Another advantage of Android over iphone is its notification system which is by far the best compared to any other smartphone. Also, the fact that on an iphone you are required to open an app to get any kind of information i.e. no widgets makes it a bit inferior to Android.

But if you are looking for a phone which offers a smooth/consistent experience go for iPhone. iPhone is also better when it comes to media playback and recording than Android. Other than that Android trumps iPhone in every other department.

Dogward said,
just FYI Maemo ( & Nokia's N900 ) offers even more freedom than Android

Maemo it's being discontinued... thus MeeGo was born... I would also take WebOS in consideration, it's a mobile OS with real potential.

Ok reality check guys... apart from the test program which has no function whatsoever I did not see the problem with the Nexus multitouch. Everything the guy does, I just try on my Nexus and it worked exactly the same...

Sure the Incredible has a new sensor, but in reality unless you buy into Atmel PR, I still have to see what it can do the Nexus cannot. In day to day use, you NEVER cross across axes when zooming !! because this is very odd movement.


Ikshaar said,
Ok reality check guys... apart from the test program which has no function whatsoever I did not see the problem with the Nexus multitouch. Everything the guy does, I just try on my Nexus and it worked exactly the same...

Sure the Incredible has a new sensor, but in reality unless you buy into Atmel PR, I still have to see what it can do the Nexus cannot. In day to day use, you NEVER cross across axes when zooming !! because this is very odd movement.



From what was stated in other articles it's a hindrance to gaming on the device but how real of a hindrance is hard to judge.

This looks like a very cool phone. I still want to do a hands-on compare of the N1 and these new phones before I drop that much coin on a mobile device though.

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